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Gostkowski understands the extra pressure of the playoffs

Updated: February 4, 2010, 1:49 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Stephen Gostkowski pulled the envelope from his mail slot at Gillette Stadium, opened it, and was surprised at what was inside.

The vibe around the New England Patriots at the time, in January 2008, had been generally positive. The historic team was undefeated and coming off a 31-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the divisional round of the playoffs. Preparations were under way to face the San Diego Chargers in the AFC Championship Game.

Figuring he was holding a piece of ...

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